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with Garrison Keillor

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Garrison Keillor recounts the historical highlights of each day and reads a short poem or two.

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Monday's Poem: "My Life Before I Knew It" by Lawrence Raab from The Probable World. Monday's Literary Notes: It's the birthday of musician Jelly Roll Morton, born Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe in New Orleans (1890). He grew up listening to French and Italian opera, hymns, ragtime, and minstrel songs. He was a great piano player, and he apprenticed in the seedy bars and brothels of New Orleans. In addition to being a talented performer, he was a pool shark, a gambler, and a pimp. He wore a turquoise coat, a Stetson hat, and tight striped pants. He said: "I was Sweet Papa Jelly Roll with the stovepipes in my hips, and all the women in town was dying to turn my damper down." Read more...

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